Govt asked to intensify irrigation amid drought scare

  Civil Society Agriculture Network (CisaNet) has appealed to government to increase investment in irrigation activities as the country is expected to receive erratic rainfall in the 2018/19 agricultural season. The consensus forecast produced by the 22nd Southern African Regional Climate Outlook Forum (Sarcof) in Lusaka, Zambia predicated that Southern African countries, including Malawi, will…

NSO to investigate census enumerators’ ‘negligence’

  National Statistical Office (NSO) says it will investigate reports that some enumerators in Area 49 in Lilongwe are marking houses to collect data for the Population and Housing Census (PHC) without interviewing residents. Responding to the concerns in an interview on Saturday, NSO commissioner of statistics Mercy Kanyuka expressed ignorance on the matter, but…

Ntcheu CID cop reported missing

    A Criminal Investigations Department (CID) officer based at Ntcheu Police Station is reported missing since August 26. Sergeant Felix Mapemba, 35, was deployed to Mwansambe Primary School registration centre in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mpando in Ntcheu West Constituency during phase four of voter registration. Ntcheu Police Station spokesperson Hastings Chigalu said Mapemba told…

Farmers share best practices

      Ntcheu district environmental officer Hellen Nyirenda says exchange visits among farmers are a vital tool for learning and sharing of best practices. She said this in Zomba on Sunday during a three-day education visit for farmers from Ntcheu and Nkhata Bay who visited projects under Climate Proofing and Adapt Plan in Machinga…

Donors, NSO applaud  Mangochi on census

  The international community in the country and the National Statistical Office (NSO) have applauded Mangochi District Council for smooth progress of the Population and Housing Census (HPC) currently under way. German Ambassador Juergen Borsch, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) assistant representative Dorothy Nyasulu and NSO commissioner Mercy Kanyuka said they are impressed with the…

Chiefs join NGOs in promoting girls’ rights

  Chiefs in Dowa have joined hands with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in drive to end harmful cultural practices that affect children’s education in the district. In an interview on Tuesday, Inkosi Msakambewa said the district has some harmful cultural practices that are affecting the rights of children, especially girls. “Some communities in Dowa are still…

Stakeholders in drive to save Ntchisi Forest Reserve

  Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy, and Mining, traditional leaders, Ntchisi District Council and a community representative have signed a Forest Co- management Agreement for the Ntchisi Forest Reserve, a move authorities say will scale-up management of the reserve. Director of forestry in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Clement Chilima said in…

Group calls for support in diabetes fight

  Founder of the Lilongwe-based Community Against Diabetes and Hypertension (Cadh), Olive Kadzakumanja, has called for enhanced efforts in fighting diabetes and hypertension in the country. She said this at the group’s annual peer supporter get-together in Lilongwe on Saturday where participants voiced out and discussed challenges people suffering from the diseases are facing. Kadzakumanja…

Government extends internship programme to private sector

  The Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development says the private sector can benefit from the youth internship programme by requesting for interns to be attached to their companies. In an interview on Friday, the ministry’s Principal Secretary Joseph Mwandidya said government could be providing allowance while the interns are working. “The problem…

NSO enumerators threaten boycott

  Supervisors and enumerators for the 2018 Malawi Population and Housing Census (PHC) on Thursday threatened to boycott their work if their grievances are not resolved by tomorrow. The supervisors and enumerators met at St Jones Primary School in Lilongwe where they resolved to give National Statistics Office (NSO) until Tuesday (tomorrow) to sort out…

Blantyre farmers commend NGO

  Farmers in traditional authorities (T/As) Lundu and Chigalu in Blantyre have commended Foundation for Irrigation and Sustainable Development (Fisd) for transforming their lives through its Integrated Approaches to Natural Resources Management and Conservation (Inacosh) project. One of the 102 female farmers in the scheme, Violet Chauluka of Kamwiki Village, said on Friday that since…

Digital crucial for tourism development—ministry

Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism has advised tourism operators to fully utilise digital innovations to improve their marketing strategies at both local and international levels. In an interview, the ministry’s regional tourism officer for the North Japhet Kuweluza said advanced technological platforms could spur the country’s tourism sector. He said this in the context…

DPP for peaceful primaries

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) says it wants its primary elections to be conducted in a peaceful environment. DPP vice-president for the Southern Region Kondwani Nankhumwa has since warned that the party will disqualify any candidate who perpetrates violence in the run-up to the primary elections. Speaking in Mulanje Bale Constituency yesterday as he continued his…

Malawi youths push jobs agenda in Sadc

Malawi youth unemployment levels continue to rise, heightening concerns that the country will not meet most of the intended development goals. This is the observation made at the recent 14th Civil Society Forum (CSF) in Namibia. A recent Malawi Labour Force Survey produced by the National Statistical Office (NSO) shows that unemployment rate among all…

Census central in planning

  National Statistics Office (NSO) has said the population and housing census (PHC) is an important exercise as its results are used for formulating government policies in every 10 years. Commissioner of NSO, Mercy Kanyuka said this during the week when she opened a six day training of enumerators for 2018 PHC held at Lilongwe…